11 October 2017


Rapidly becoming one of the UK’s most prominent waste handling and recycling businesses, Martin Waste Management (MWM) of Alfreton in Derbyshire is now part – way through a complete renewal of its hookloader truck fleet, with thirteen new vehicles having gone on the road in the last 9 months.

From putting its first HARSH hookloaders into operation at the start of this year, MWM now judges HARSH as ‘a truly outstanding supplier.’

“The equipment we ran previously just wasn’t good enough” says MWM‘s Operations Director Mark Faulconbridge. “As we were being let down by frequent product performance and support issues it was clearly time to see what the other equipment suppliers had to offer. Last year’s RWM Show provided the ideal opportunity for us to look at all the competitors and judge them against a strict set of criteria that we were looking for.

From the outset, HARSH particularly impressed us with their highly personal ‘hands on, can do’ approach, so we stuck our toe in the water with them for an initial four vehicles.”

Key to gaining MWM’s confidence was HARSH’s ability to meet MWM’s strict delivery timetable which required these first vehicles to be on the road early in 2017. With speedy installation of the bodywork after delivery of the chassis this was easily achieved, with HARSH staff then providing a full on-site driver familiarisation programme to ensure that the trucks would be working at their optimum right from the beginning.

“Vehicle performance of these first four trucks has been everything that we could ask for” continues Mark, “with HARSH also doing everything that they said they would. There were no snags or issues at all. As a result, we were quite confident to order another four.”

And then another four.

Mounted on MWM’s preferred 8×4 DAF CF chassis, HARSH HH26 hookloaders are built in super – strong low weight high tensile steel and combine a 26 tonnes lift capacity with a high 52 degrees tipping angle. Designed for years of reliable operation in arduous environments, HH26 units are also practical, safe and easy to use.

Built to CHEM TS17 standard, HH26 handles the full range of containers up to 5790mm internal length. Key product features include a low centre of gravity Z frame chassis, hydraulically operated cams to securely lock containers, easy integration with HARSH’s ‘Hook n’ Go’ width – adjustable sheeting system and a notable lack of complicated electronics and sensors.

With 12 new 8x4s now in operation, a 13th new MWM hookloader also appeared in the HARSH stand at this year’s RWM Show. Featuring the lighter 20 tonnes lift capacity HH20 unit, this chassis was a 460hp 6×4 unit allowing MWM both easier access to more difficult loading situations as well as full 44 tonnes drawbar operation.

Speaking for HARSH, Sales Director Adam Hargreaves notes “We are obviously delighted that MWM has placed such significant trust in HARSH – not just to provide optimum products but also to deliver them to strict timetables and with comprehensive driver training and customer support as well.

Being able to work closely with major customers and meet each and all of their particular requirements testifies to our professionalism and commitment to the waste handling industry.”

Mark Faulconbridge concludes “Our new HARSH hookloaders are delivering significantly improved performance, reliability and productivity. The whole package just really works, both for MWM and our clients.

For us, HARSH is a truly outstanding supplier.”